Schwall: American Songwriting
Chico Schwall's American Roots
American Song Craft
Songwriting in the U.S. from William Billings to Townes Van Zandt and Beyond
Wed May 10, 7:30-9:30 pm
Sheffer Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
Karen Warren
Concert sponsor
Karen Warren
Concert sponsor
Witham/Paragon Gives
Series Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor
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From the colonial period to the 21st century song makers in America have found plenty to sing about, and our music developed its own voice from the start. Anonymous folk singers, hymn composers, professional songwriters and singing performers have sought new paths and created new forms. A thread runs through the music of Stephen Foster (1826-64), Blind Willie McTell (1898-1959), Woody Guthrie (1912-67), Joni Mitchell (1943-) and others as they searched for authenticity and expression.
Event Personnel
Chico Schwall, vocals, banjo, fiddle, lap steel, accordion, guit.
Alli Bach, vocals, autoharp, accordion, dance
Corwin Bolt, guitar, banjo, bass
(1770) William Billings (w/m)
 Jefferson And Liberty
(1801) anonymous (w/m)
(1817) A. Davidson (w) Charles Wesley (m)
 Home, Sweet Home
(1823) John Howard Payne (w) traditional, Sicilian (m)
 Pat Do This, Pat Do That
(1920s) traditional U. S. (w/m)
 Beautiful Dreamer
(1862) Stephen Foster (w/m)
 I Ride An Old Paint
(1900s) anonymous (w/m)
 Statesboro Blues
(1928) Blind Willie McTell (w/m)
 Fingerprint Blues
(1920s) traditional U. S. (w/m)
 I've Got To Know
(1963) Woody Guthrie (w/m)
 Paths Of Victory
(1964) Bob Dylan (w/m)
 Talkin' 'Bout A Revolution
(1988) Tracy Chapman (w/m)
 To Live's To Fly
(1999) Townes Van Zandt (w/m)
 Welcome To The Human Race
(1988) Pat MacDonald (w/m)
 A Perfect Day
(1909) Carrie Jacobs-Bond (w/m)
 Hard Times Come Again No More
(1854) Stephen Collin Foster (w/m)
 Fifty Years Ago
(1986) Cowboyology Ian Tyson (w/m)
 Mayn Rue Platz
(1911) Morris Rosenfeld (w) traditional, Yiddish (m)
 Love Me, I'm A Liberal
(1965) Phil Ochs (w/m)
 The Mortician's Daughter
(1992) Freedy Johnston (w/m)
 I Think About You
(1995) Steve Seskin, Don Schlitz (w/m)
 That Song About The Midway
(1968) Clouds Joni Mitchell (w/m)
 Louisiana 1927
(1974) Good Old Boys Randy Newman (w/m)
 Rant & Roll
(1997) John Trudell (w/m)
 Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
(1860s) Wallis Willis (w/m)

Associate Events
Wednesday May 10
6:00 pmPre-Performance Dinner
Ticket/Venue Info
American Song Craft Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
A19.00  17.25  16.25  15.25  9.50 
B19.00  17.25  16.25  15.25  9.50 
C15.00  13.50  12.75  12.00  7.50 
Sheffer Recital Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
Witham/Paragon Gives
Series Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor